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DA Mike Schmidt releases weekly cases impacted by public defense crisis - 01/20/23

January 20, 2022

DA Mike Schmidt releases weekly cases impacted by public defense crisis 

PORTLAND, Oregon – Today, Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt released a list of cases impacted by the public defense crisis. The data set includes cases dismissed by the court as a result of the crisis.

In November, DA Mike Schmidt called the public defense crisis, defined by a lack of public defenders to provide counsel to defendants, an urgent threat to public safety. Individuals suspected of a crime have the constitutional right to defense counsel. Victims have a right to justice. Absent counsel, criminal prosecutions cannot lawfully move forward and issued cases are routinely dismissed over prosecutor’s objections.

DA Schmidt also declared that his office would publish cases impacted by the crisis each week to advance the public’s understanding of the scope of the crisis. Here is a breakdown of the types of felonies getting dismissed.
 

There were five cases dismissed by the court as a result of the public defense crisis between 1/13/2023 and 1/19/2023:

  22-CR-31505
  22-CR-50926
  22-CR-43481
  21-CR-39720
  22-CR-45032



 

 


 

 

 

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